New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will Saturday launch India's earth observation satellite EOS-01 along with nine foreign satellites onboard launch vehicle PSLV-C49 at 3.02 pm from Sriharikota. If the launch is successful, ISRO's foreign satellite launches will touch the 328-mark since 1999 when the Indian Space Research Organisation launched its first foreign satellites - South Korean Kitsat-3 and Germany's DLR-Tubsat. The nine foreign satellites being launched as piggyback luggage aboard PSLV-C49 are from US, Luxembourg and Lithuania. 

All you need to know about ISRO's PSLV-C49 EOS-01 Mission Launch:

  • This will be the first launch of ISRO since March when the country went into a nationwide lockdown to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The primary load is India's earth observation satellite EOS-01 with nine foreign satellites as piggyback luggage.
  • The EOS-01 is the advanced version of RISAT-2BR2 with synthetic aperture radar (SAR) that can take pictures in all weather conditions.
  • The satellite will also be able to take pictures at night, making it useful for both surveillance, as well as civilian activities.
  • The nine foreign satellites are from the US (4-Lemur multi-mission remote sensing satellites), Luxembourg (4 maritime application satellites by Kleos Space) and Lithuania (1-technology demonstrator).
  • India would achieve a total of 328 foreign satellite launches since 1999 when it launched the first commercial missiles.
  • So far, ISRO has launched 319 foreign satellite launches - mostly as piggyback on the country's own satellites. ISRO has also created a world record by launching 104 satellites in a single PSLV rocket on February 15, 2017.
  • According to the government data, the Indian space agency has earned over Rs 1,200 crore from foreign satellite launches in the last five years.

Posted By: Shashikant Sharma